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Ethical Approval for the extension of GA limits in France

23rd December 2020

The French National Consultative Ethics Committee (CCNE) gave green light for extending the legal period for accessing abortion from 12 to 14 weeks of gestation (14 to 16 weeks of amenorrhea). The CCNE states in their communication released on December 11th 2020 that “there is no ethical objection to extending the period of access to voluntary pregnancy termination by two weeks.”

The CCNE estimates in its report that in 2018 between 1500-2000 French women who have exceeded the authorized limit for abortions on women’s request in France traveled to the Netherlands, Spain and England to seek an abortion. According to the results of our recent study, cited in the report – De Zordo et al. (2020) – 70% of French-resident surveyed women who had to undergo such travels were diagnosed with pregnancy after 14 weeks of amenorrhea for various reasons including irregular menstrual cycles, the absence of clinical signs of pregnancy and sometimes persistent periods.

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